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Clutch Space Systems  

Guildford,  Surrey 
United Kingdom

We remove cost and complexity from the space industry

  • CSS provide systems, expertise and services for the control, operation and communication with remote satellites and other platforms, including the telemetry, tracking & control, transmission and reception of payload data for ground processing. We provide pioneering space systems, with an emphasis on operational utility and minimal hardware, which enables the flexibility and adaptation necessary to add further functionality, to integrate with other 3rd party systems seamlessly, and deliver significant cost savings while removing overall system complexity.

Brands: Clutch-AnyBand

 Press Releases

  • Clutch Space Systems Ltd, a UK-based SME focused on removing the cost and complexity from satellite communications, has been shortlisted among selected Aerospace and Innovative tech companies in a web-based competition for the Aerospace Innovation & Tech Forum (AIT) awards, totaling $100,000. The FIRST PLACE* winning company will receive $40,000, and TWO RUNNER UP prizes of $20,000 will be awarded to each runner up winner.

    This unique Webinar series is an opportunity for early stage, Florida-based companies in the fields of aerospace and related technologies, as well as non-Florida entities with commitments to relocate to Florida, and/or other demonstrable engagement in the Florida aerospace and innovation supply chain. Specifically, the opportunity is to broaden access to funding sources.

    Space Florida is looking to engage with companies engaged in market sectors that align with the strategic sectors of Space Florida. Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, it is committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses.

    The Florida Venture Forum is Florida’s largest statewide support organization for investors and entrepreneurs, helping emerging Florida companies connect with sources of capital from across the country. The organization provides programs statewide throughout the year in addition to hosting the Florida Venture Capital Conference, the Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the Early Stage Capital Conference.

    “I am delighted at the opportunity to showcase our innovative technology to the technology community at the centre of the US space industry, and we are especially grateful for the wonderful ongoing support provided by the team at Space Florida,” says Martin Philp, CoFounder and CEO, Clutch Space Systems. “We are excited by the prospect of presenting our company’s growth plans by webinar on Friday the 22nd of May”

  • The U.K.’s Seraphim Capital, the country’s only space tech accelerator, has released details of its newest cohort as part of its Space Camp programme, timed with the end of World Space Week last week.

    4pi Lab
    Raised so far: Undisclosed amount / Non-Equity Assistance from Creative Destruction Lab
    Description: “4pi Lab is developing a Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation providing real-time, wildfire detection, monitoring and reporting. Their unique sensor gives them the ability to detect wildfires at a 10m resolution globally helping to eradicate major catastrophic wildfire events.”

    Clutch Space Systems
    Raised so far: £300,000 from FSE Group Enterprise M3 Expansion Loan
    Description: “Clutch Space Systems provides software-defined radio (SDR) ground stations for satellite communications. SDR ground station technology improves downlink communications, provides significant cost savings and is far more dynamic, acting as an enabler for the exponentially growing Satcoms market.”

    Helix Technologies
    Raised so far: N/A
    Description: “Helix Technologies – enables precision GPS antennas, providing 10cm level accuracy. Through breakthroughs in manufacturing and RF technology, Helix has developed a new GNSS antenna with a ceramic core capable of precision dynamic position accuracy whilst being space efficient for demanding tel and navigation applications. The design also enables the antenna to be highly immune to reflection off infrastructure and jamming.”

    Raised so far: Undisclosed amount / seed from ICE71 Accelerate, 25 June 2020
    Description: “Kinnami uniquely secures and optimises data sharing, ongoing data migration and management across distributed systems. Kinnami has created a unique storage and security system, ‘AmiShare’, which fragments and encrypts data. By storing these encrypted fragments across a distributed network of devices, it can secure data collected on the edge and have application within Satcoms, Defence and Enterprise.”

    Starfish Space
    Raised so far: Undisclosed amount / seed, 1 December 2019
    Description: “Starfish Space aims to create an on-demand, in-space transportation and maintenance service for orbiting satellites. Their proximity Operations software uses a combination of breakthrough orbital mechanics, Machine Vision AI, and a low-thrust electric propulsion system to enable them to use smaller and cheaper space tugs that can operate across orbits. This addresses Counter-space and Mission opportunities.”

    Sust Global
    Raised so far: N/A
    Description: “Sust Global provides real-time geospatial monitoring at an asset-level for analyzing Climate Risk. Their platform uses data from multiple satellites and ground sources to create full-stack ‘Asset-Level Geospatial Analytics’. Sust combines this data with the latest Climate Models and Standardised Risk Assessments to analyze risk and gain quantitative actionable insights for the Financial Services sector.”

    Vector Photonics
    Raised so far: 2018 secured undisclosed funding from ICURe; 2019 £70,000 of funding from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and £30,000 from a Glasgow company to support that award
    Description: “Vector Photonics’ disruptive and revolutionary photonic crystal lasers push the boundaries of what is possible with conventional semiconductor lasers providing comparable costs and flexibility with edge-emitting laser performance. Its unique beam steering capability is industry-changing in Datacoms and aligned markets like LIDAR.”

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  • CLUTCH-AnyBAND Software Defined Backend
    A rapidly deployable software defined solution to enable ground station operators to more than double existing capacity without major changes of existing infrastructure and antenna hardware and giving over 80% savings in operations and maintenance costs....

  • Clutch Space provides the AnyBAND software suite, project support, maintenance, and consultancy. The AnyBAND suite can be sold alone, with hardware, with services, with support, as part of a turnkey offer where we partner with third party providers, and as a mainstay in development of ground segment components such as flat panel antennas. We provide the CLUTCH-AnyBAND system for satellite communications, and a range of services including support, training, maintenance, alternative wavebands, engineering & consultancy services to satellite manufacturers and operators.

    CLUTCH-AnyBAND has been built from the systems level perspective, incorporating the wider needs of satellite operations and missions in general. Developed using novel systems engineering approaches based on decades of experience, with automated test regimes, stressing the system for resilience in a representative manner. CLUTCH-AnyBAND is a high-performance solution, with an excellent value proposition for satellite ground station network providers, and satellite operators looking to solve their own ground segment needs, including easy integration into existing network management systems, solving the problem of costly legacy replacement and support.

    The solutions run in a fully virtualised environment on generic servers, with hardware reduced to a bare minimum enabling digital interfaces with analogue RF domain.

    • Unparalleled Flexibility - Additional encapsulations, protocol stacks and modulations can be added without changing the hardware, enabling proprietary protocols, and additional layers of security to handle any additional capability requirements.
    • Fully Operational and Proven - Robust and resilient technology proven with fully operational LEO Satellite ground stations, with zero issues over thousands of passes.
    • Highly Scalable - Virtualisation and a relatively small footprint enable rapid expansion of a ground station network.


    • High Data Rate Bandwidth - Up to 1 Gbps
    • Hardware - One server and small footprint RF equipment
    • TTC Bandwidth- Up to 16 Mbps
    • Power - Standard single phase mains power supply
    • Modulation and Coding - Most of the common schemes are supported, additional ones can be configured by request
    • Installation time - < 1 day (Remote)
    • Management - Remote access
    • Baseline Configuration - Full duplex S-band, X-band receive (X-band transmit, or any additional bands can be configured by request)

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